OPERATIVES from the Manila Police District (MPD) arrested a suspected carnapper during a raid on a warehouse in Tondo, Manila, the other night where, allegedly, carnapped motorcycles are being kept and chopped up.
Now detained at the Manila Police District (MPD)- Station 7 is suspect Allan Gabriele, 21, of 1648 Prudencia St., Tondo, Manila, pending the filing of charges against him for violation of the Anti-Fencing Law.
A report from the office of Supt. Rolando Gonzales, MPD-Station 7 commander, said that at around 11:45 p.m., the station received information that a warehouse located at the corner of Prudencia and Mercado Streets are being used as a depository for carnapped motorcycles which are eventually being dismantled so that their parts can be used for other purposes.
Authorities responded and trooped to the said warehouse where they nabbed Gabriele, who admitted to the police that he was under the influence of marijuana. His companions, meanwhile, managed to escape.
Senior Insp. Ness Ta-lento Vargas, who led the said operation, later reported that at least 10 motorcycles earlier reported to have been stolen, were recovered in the said warehouse.
A verification is currently being made to trace ownership of the said motorcycles, with a total estimated value of P.5 million.
Also recovered in the said warehouse were two-way radios believed to be used by the suspects in their illicit activities.
Gabriele, meanwhile, vehemently denied that he is a carnapper, claiming that he was just in the area because he was waiting for his girlfriend.
Just the same, he admitted that his motorcycle was stolen which he bought for only P4,000, so policemen arrested him right away.
Police are now reportedly hunting down the buyers of stolen motorcycles or parts at the said warehouse.